Early 19th Century two handled lidded sucrier or sugar bowl in the navette style shape, a combination of traditional flower basket and fence motifs, but with a notable flowing swagger to the related blossom and foliage details. The border consists of rows of freely painted gilt swirls resembling fiddlehead ferns. Gold and red song birds entertain us from the reserves among blossoms, sprigs and touches of cobalt. Spode’s Bone China glazes were particularly good in the way they accepted gilding. Spode introduced hundreds of Japanese inspired Imari designs, generously gilded. These are sometimes called ‘candlelight patterns’ as in flickering candlelight, the gilding comes alive and sparkles. This sucrier in Pattern number 1495, circa 1810, is typical. Perhaps influenced by the Brighton Pavilion, Spode contrived a pattern which could satisfy consumers seeking to emulate the Prince’s taste. Simple shapes in fine white porcelain sparkle with a decoration in cobalt blue, iron red and gold.
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